Alerion Express 33

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
September 2007


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The recently launched Alerion Express 33 is a pure daysailer— fun, fast and beautiful to look at. The speed comes from the thoroughly modern design that features a fin keel with integral bulb and spade rudder, and when combined with the sleek and slender hull and large mainsail, doing 6.5 knots in just 10 knots of breeze becomes commonplace.

And when the wind dies, there is a standard 20-hp Yamaha to get you back to the dock. In keeping with the modern design, the mast is carbon fiber, which is strong enough to allow for the elimination of the backstay. With no backstay in the way, the main is much larger than it would be otherwise.

To put the emphasis on fun, which is what daysailing should be, the Alerion is set up to be singlehanded easily. All lines are led aft to the comfortable and spacious cockpit and the main sheet is on an electric winch. The large 36-inch wheel is within easy reach of the skipper at any position in the helm station. While the draft of the Alerion Express 33 is a reasonable 5 feet, 3 inches, if your home harbor happens to be on the shallow side, there is a shoal keel option that draws just 3 feet, 9 inches.

Down below, you will find the interior is simple, clean and elegant. The classic teak and holly sole is paired with teak trimmed white bulkheads and navy blue upholstery, which gives the cabin a distinctly Herreshoff feel (the Alerion line is named after and loosely based on legendary yacht designer Nathanael Herreshoff’s personal yacht, Alerion). The accommodations are not meant for ocean crossings, but will be more than adequate for harbor hopping and weekends aboard. Two can sleep in the V-berth, and another close friend or two on the saloon settees. There is a head aft of the V-berth and a small galley aft of the head, where you will find a sink, one-burner alcohol stove and top-loading DC refrigerator.

The Alerion Express 33 is truly a modern classic—swift, elegant and a dream to sail.

Specifications: LOA 33’; LWL 26’7”; Beam 9’3”; Draft 5’3”; Displacement 8,700 lbs.; Sail Area 443 sq. ft.

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